Day 55

“To be extraordinary, you have to be willing to constantly challenge your perception of the world.”

Do you see the world only through your own eyes or with the perspective of something larger? Be careful. Our moral compass is often swayed by the fear of personal sacrifice.

To put it in another way, we dislike what causes us discomfort, inconvenience or money. Even if the end result would benefit a thousand of our neighbors, we often find such positions unacceptable. We will fight against such changes because our focus is on one person—ourself—and unfortunately that means those around us stop mattering.

Here is the challenge for you. Take all of your deeply held beliefs—politics, economics, religion, ethics, morals and personal values and disavow them.

Perform a thought experiment if you cannot bring yourself to verbally disclose a change of heart. Declare to your friends and family that your mind has changed. That you see things differently, and though nothing appears black and white to you anymore, that you now see too much gray in other people’s opinions.

Explain this other point of view. You don’t have to internally agree with the opposition but you do have to surrender your own beliefs. What you are doing is using your gift of reason and logic to empathize, sympathize and share the many reasons why someone else’s point of view is just as valid as yours.

Just as you cannot learn to swim if your arms never let go of the raft, you must let go of your personal beliefs in order to learn to swim the human ocean of rationalization and bias.

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